Tsum Valley Trek - 16 Days

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Tsum Valley Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration16 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude 4200 Meters
  • Group Size Up to 10 Pax
  • Starts Kathmandu Airport
  • Ends Kathmandu Airport
Highlights
  • Trek through the remote and isolated Tsum Valley. 
  • Explore ancient Buddhist monasteries and gompas, offering a glimpse into the rich spiritual heritage of the region.
  • Learn and experience the local culture, traditions, and lifestyle. 
  • Get spectacular sights of the mountains, including some of the highest mountains like Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and Himalchuli.
  • Experience the peace and tranquility of the Himalayan region, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
  • Encounter a wide range of flora and fauna all along the trail.

Embark on our 16 days trek to the stunning Tsum Valley, an off-beaten trail in the northern part of Nepal. The Tsum Valley Trek offers you a perfect combination of scenic beauty, cultural heritage, and remote wilderness experiences.

Starting from the city of Kathmandu, the journey takes you through picturesque villages like Soti Khola, Maccha Khola, and Jagat, initially following the trail of the famous Manaslu circuit. As you advance further, you'll pass through ethnic villages like Lokpa, Chumling, Chhokhang Paro, and Nile, where the authentic and untouched lifestyle of the locals will captivate you.

The route map of the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is carefully crafted to engage you in the hidden gem of Nepal in the Himalayas. As you traverse through the off-beaten trail, our carefully planned route map offers you the majestic panoramas of Sringi Himal (7187m), Ganesh Himal (7422m), Buddha Himal (6672m), etc. 

The Manaslu region's unique blend of Tibetan cultures and the Chortens, mani walls, and gompas along the route add a spiritual and cultural element to the trek. Our carefully curated route map ensures that you walk past the cultural landmarks of the region, gaining insight into the Tibetan-influenced lifestyle of the locals.

Being a relatively newly opened route, the trek to Manaslu Tsum Valley is less popular, allowing you to immerse yourself in the serene beauty without the disturbances of modern life. 

Join us on this exhilarating adventure to Tsum Valley, also popularly known as Chum Valley, and we promise to provide you with the best services and ensure your optimum satisfaction throughout the 16-day itinerary. 

Discover the hidden gem of Nepal in the Himalayas and experience an unforgettable trekking experience with us in 2024/2025, guided by our carefully designed route map to make your trekking experience the best and most enjoyable.

Things to look forward on Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking

The Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking is a captivating journey filled with numerous highlights. You can look forward to exploring the hidden gem of the Chum Valley, where Tibetan-influenced culture and ancient monasteries await you. 

The trek further offers breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks like Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Buddha Himal, providing a majestic backdrop throughout the journey. The picturesque villages, serene landscapes, and warm hospitality of the locals create an unforgettable experience for you. 

From crossing suspension bridges over gushing rivers to witnessing sacred Buddhist sites, every step reveals the natural and cultural richness of the Manaslu Tsum Valley.

Are you fit for trekking to Tsum Valley?

The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is a challenging trek that requires a moderate level of fitness and stamina. You should be prepared for daily walks of 6-7 hours on uneven terrain and a few steep ascents and descents.

Prior trekking experience is better to have, and with proper preparation and determination, individuals with a reasonable level of fitness can undertake this adventure. 

If you are someone seeking an adventurous, off-beaten trekking path in Nepal that offers a diverse side of nature and culture, then the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is a perfect option for you.

What does a day during the Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking look like?

Each day of Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking offers a blend of natural beauty and cultural encounters. The day starts with a hearty breakfast at the tea house. Then, the trek begins, taking you through lush forests, old villages, and picturesque landscapes. 

The trail winds through suspension bridges and rivers, providing you with captivating views of mountains and surrounding valleys. Along the way, you will have opportunities to interact with locals, visit ancient monasteries, and learn about their unique way of life. 

You will have lunch at one of the villages on the way and then continue the walk toward the designated teahouse. The day concludes at a comfortable tea house, where you can relax, enjoy a warm meal, and reflect on the day's experiences.

The Difficulty Level of the Trek to Manaslu Tsum Valley

The Tsum Valley Trekking is considered to be a challenging trip that requires a good level of fitness and stamina. The trek involves walking for almost two weeks continuously every day for several hours on rugged terrain and steep uphill and downhill sections, it could be challenging for beginner trekkers. 

The altitude also poses a challenge, as the trek takes you to high-altitude areas above 3,000 meters. On the beginning days of the trek, you will walk on a flat and easier trail. However, as you gain altitude, you will have to walk on steep, rugged terrains. 

The route map involves walking for an average of 6-7 hours a day, with some days involving up to 8 hours of walking. The trail overall is rocky and uneven, and the ascents and descents can be steep and challenging. Thus, you should be prepared to walk on rough trails for several hours a day continuously. 

Another challenge can be altitude, as the high altitude can cause altitude sickness, which can be dangerous if not taken seriously. To avoid altitude sickness, you must acclimatize properly, drink plenty of water, and avoid alcohol and smoking during the trek.  

Overall, although the trek to Tsum Valley is a challenging journey, it is equally rewarding, offering you the never-before-seen side of nature and culture. You can prepare for the trek by going on a few hikes and treks beforehand and exercising regularly to build up your stamina. 

Acclimatization and safety precautions for the trek to Manaslu Tsum Valley

As you embark on the trek to the 16 days Manaslu Tsum Valley in 2024,2025, acclimatization and safety precautions play a crucial role in ensuring a successful and enjoyable journey. 

Our carefully designed Tsum Valley trek itinerary includes rest days at higher elevations to help your body acclimatize to the increasing altitude gradually. These acclimatization days are essential for minimizing the risk of altitude-related illnesses. 

Throughout the trek, our experienced guides will monitor your health and provide the necessary guidance. It is essential to stay hydrated, maintain a steady pace, and avoid alcoholic drinks. 

While you are on a Himalayan trip with us, safety is our top priority, and our team is trained to handle any challenges that may arise during the trek. Thus, you can rest assured that you will have a memorable and safe adventure in the Tsum Valley.

How can you prepare for the 16 days of Tsum Valley trekking?

To prepare for the 16 days of Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking, first and foremost, you should focus on improving your overall fitness and endurance. Engaging in regular cardiovascular exercises, such as hiking, running, or cycling, to build stamina is highly recommended. 

You can also practice carrying a backpack with essentials to get used to the weight. Having some trekking and hiking experience at high altitude will be very beneficial to you. 

You should then invest in proper trekking gear, including comfortable hiking shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, and a reliable sleeping bag. Lastly, prepare yourself mentally and learn about the weather and trail conditions of the trek. Following these preparations will ensure a memorable and rewarding journey through the mystical Chum Valley.

Tsum Valley (Chum Valley); The Restricted Treasure 

The Chum Valley, nestled in the majestic Himalayas of Nepal, is a restricted area that fascinates you with its pristine beauty and ancient culture. 

Several regions in Nepal are marked as restricted regions because of their remoteness and challenging terrain. Among them, the Manaslu region is one. Solo travelers need to be aware that they are not permitted to enter the Chum Valley without a registered guide. This restriction is to ensure the safety of trekkers and to preserve the region's environment and unique culture. 

The guidance of an experienced guide ensures compliance with the regulations of the restricted area. Together, the restrictions and the need for a guide contribute to responsible tourism, protecting the Chum Valley's natural wonders and maintaining the sustainability of the local communities.

16-Day Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary for 2024 and 2025

Embark on an incredible adventure with our 16 days Tsum Valley Trek itinerary. This carefully curated 16-day trip offers you a perfect blend of diverse landscapes, cultural exploration, and the thrill of reaching the base camp of the world's highest mountain. 

Our 16-day itinerary is fully customizable, allowing you to tailor the trek according to your preferences. Whether you wish to extend your stay, adjust the number of trekking days, or explore alternative trails and destinations during the trek, you can customize the itinerary according to your time and preferences.

Our experienced team will work closely with you to create a personalized and unforgettable trekking experience in the Manaslu region. 

Tsum Valley Trek Cost Ideas for 2024 and 2025

Generally, the total cost of trekking to Manaslu Tsum Valley can range from USD 999 to USD 1,399 per person, depending on the level of comfort, the duration of the trek, the itinerary, the route map chosen, and the number of people in the group. 

The overall cost usually includes all the necessary facilities and accommodation, three meals a day, a guide/porter charge, permit charges, transportation costs, etc. during the trip. 

The cost can further fluctuate depending on the level of services and facilities you choose for the trip. Furthermore, it is highly recommended that you carry an extra USD 10 for each day, which can be used as personal expenses for drinks and tips. 

Group/Private Trip (100% Fixed Departure)

Embark on an unforgettable Group/Private Trip to the Tsum Valley with Himalayan Recreation in 2024/2025. We offer both group and private trips. Our carefully crafted Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary promises you an enriching experience through the hidden gem of Nepal's Himalayas. 

You can go on our 100% fixed departure date group trips if you want to enjoy the journey with other travelers from around the globe. Our expert guides will lead you through the picturesque landscapes, ancient monasteries, and breathtaking panoramas of the Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Buddha Himal. The Tsum Valley trek cost can decrease for the group trip, as we also offer discounts according to the number of people in the group. 

If you wish to have a more personalized experience, then we recommend a private trip for you. On private trips, you get to customize the 16-day itinerary, services, and facilities according to your time frame and preference.  
However, keep in mind that the cost of the private trip can be slightly higher than the group trip.

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USD 1399

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2-3

USD 1199

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4-6

USD 1099

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7-10

USD 999

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Itinerary

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  • Max Altitude:1350m
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will greet you and then escort you to your hotel in the city. After check-in, you can take some time to rest and recover from your journey. 

You can also explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu and get a glimpse of the city's rich culture and heritage. In the evening, there will be a short briefing session about the upcoming Manaslu Tsum Valley trek with your experienced guide. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Max Altitude:720m
  • Time:7-8 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After an early breakfast, today you will embark on a picturesque drive to Soti Khola, the starting point of the Chum Valley adventure. The journey takes you through lush valleys, terraced fields, and charming villages. 

As you leave the bustling city behind, the scenery gradually changes to green landscapes and snow-capped mountain views. Along the way, you pass through Dhading Bensi and Arughat before finally reaching Soti Khola after 7-8 hours of driving. Tonight, you'll stay in Soti Khola, preparing yourself for the exhilarating trek ahead. Overnight stay in Soti Khola.

  • Max Altitude:869m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, your trekking journey commences as you lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail toward Machha Khola. Walking alongside the shimmering Budhi Gandaki River, you pass through dense forests and charming villages. 

The trail winds its way through steep uphills and downhills, offering glimpses of the mesmerizing natural beauty surrounding it. You'll make your way through picturesque settlements like Khursane and Labubesi, crossing suspension bridges and enjoying the tranquility of the Himalayan region. After a rewarding 6-7 hours of walking, you'll finally arrive in the scenic village of Machha Khola. Overnight stay in Machha Khola.

  • Max Altitude:1340m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you continue your trek toward Jagat, the next destination on your route. The trail takes you through delightful towns like Tatopani, Dovan, and Thulo Dunga, each offering unique cultural experiences. 

The journey is filled with diverse terrain, verdant forests, and awe-inspiring waterfalls. As you move forward, the rugged landscapes gradually transform into lush valleys. Along the way, you cross the Budhi Gandaki River on suspension bridges, adding an adventurous touch to your trek. After a fulfilling 6-7 hours of walking, you will reach Jagat, a small village that marks your entry into the Tsum Valley region. Overnight stay in Jagat.

  • Max Altitude:2240m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you set forth towards Lokpa, a significant town in the Tsum Valley, where you'll complete the necessary paperwork for your Manaslu and Tsum Valley permits. 

The journey begins with an ascent over a ridge, followed by a walk along the riverbank of Budhi Gandaki. Crossing the river on a long suspension bridge, you continue the trek with breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys. The path then leads you through picturesque villages like Philip and Ekle Bhatti, from where the trail splits towards Tsum Valley and Manaslu. 

As you move ahead, you will encounter natural beauty, passing through green fields, and terraced slopes, and crossing charming suspension bridges. Finally, after 6-7 hours of walking, you reach Lokpa, the gateway to the Tsum Valley. Overnight stay in Lokpa.

  • Max Altitude:2386m
  • Time:4-5 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you wake up to the serene beauty of Lokpa and head towards Chumling, another enchanting village on your Tsum Valley route. Before departing, you'll register our documents for Manaslu and Tsum Valley permits. 

The day begins with a descent towards the Lungwa Khola, followed by an ascent through pine and rhododendron forests. The trail treats you with stunning views of the Boudha Himal (6,672m) and Ganesh Himal, making the journey even more magical. 

As you continue, you will cross several rivers and traverse through charming settlements until you reach the village of Chumling. Here, you can explore various Gompas, such as The Panago Gompa, Mani Dhungyur, and Gurwa Gompa, and immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions. Overnight stay in Chumling.

  • Max Altitude:3501m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The adventure unfolds today as you leave Chumling behind and head toward Chhokangparo. The path then leads you uphill, offering majestic views of the surrounding Himalayas. Crossing suspension bridges and passing through diverse landscapes, you are rewarded with breathtaking vistas of Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal, and Himalchuli peaks. 

Along the way, you will pass through several other settlements, each contributing its unique charm to the trek. As the sun sets, you will finally arrive at Chhokangparo, surrounded by a serene ambiance and decorated with captivating views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal. Overnight stay in Chhokangparo.

  • Max Altitude:3347m
  • Time:4-5 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After a delightful morning in Chhokangparo, you will set out for Nile today, which is the westernmost village in the Tsum Valley region. The trail leads you through picturesque landscapes, charming villages like Lar, Phurbe, and Pangdun, and sacred sites like the Piren Phu Cave, known as the pigeon cave. 

The cave holds immense religious significance and is one of the most revered pilgrimage sites in the Tsum Valley. As you continue your journey, you will pass through green fields, and enchanting forests, and cross several suspension bridges over pristine rivers. Upon reaching the village, you can soak in the serenity and tranquility of this hidden gem. Overnight stay in the Nile.

  • Max Altitude:3700m
  • Time:3-4 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you will embark on a journey to the largest monastery in the region, Mu Gompa, from the Nile. The trail leads you alongside the Siyar Khola in the east, showing Tibetan landscapes as you ascend toward the sacred destination. 

The Trans-Himalayan terrain, spotted with yak pastures, offers a unique and authentic experience. You will continue our trek, passing rows of Chortens and other religious symbols, with the majestic mountains as our constant companions. After 3-4 hours of walking, you arrive at Mu Gompa, where you are greeted by the sight of the monastery and its serene surroundings. Overnight stay in Mu Gompa.

  • Max Altitude:3245m
  • Time:4-5 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Relishing the serene atmosphere of Mu Gompa, you will start trekking towards the Burgi River today. The journey takes you back through the mesmerizing Tibetan landscapes and yak pastures. As you descend, you are blessed with awe-inspiring views of Kipu Himal and Churke Himal. 

The trail winds its way through charming settlements and offers a peaceful escape into nature. After 4-5 hours of walking, you will reach the beautiful Burgi River, where you can rest and rejuvenate amidst the tranquil surroundings. Overnight stay in Burgi River.

  • Max Altitude:2386m
  • Time:5-6 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Leaving Burgi River behind, you will retrace your steps back to Chumling today. As you ascend and descend through familiar trails, you will find yourself immersed in the picturesque beauty of the Tsum Valley. 

The route map treats you with magnificent mountain views and diverse landscapes, creating an unforgettable experience. After around 5-6 hours of trekking, you will arrive back in Chumling, where you can reminisce about the incredible journey you've undertaken so far. Overnight stay in Chumling.

  • Max Altitude:1570m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

With fond memories of Chumling, you will proceed toward Philim today. The trail offers delightful mountain vistas and varied terrain through lush forests and terraced slopes. Along the way, you come across the Samba Falls, adding a refreshing touch to our trek. 

Passing through charming settlements like Jagat and Tatopani, you will finally arrive at Philim after 6-7 hours of walking. The picturesque village of Philim welcomes you with its warm hospitality and natural beauty. Overnight stay in Philim.

  • Max Altitude:970m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you bid farewell to Philim and make your way back to Khorlabesi. As you walk through familiar paths, you can relish the beauty of the landscapes and mountains once again. 

The journey takes you through delightful villages and lush valleys, offering a sense of tranquility and contentment. You will further have the opportunity to rejuvenate yourself with a refreshing bath in the natural hot spring of Tatopani along the way. 

After 6-7 hours of trekking, you reach Khorlabesi, where you can unwind and reflect on your incredible journey. Overnight stay in Khorlabesi.

  • Max Altitude:700m
  • Time:6-7 Hours
  • Accommodation:Tea House Lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, you can conclude your memorable trekking adventure as you head back to Soti Khola. As we descend along the familiar trail, you can cherish the last moments of trekking amidst the beautiful landscapes. 

The route map allows you to savor the majestic mountain views one last time bidding farewell to the Himalayas. After a rewarding 6-7 hours of walking, the trail finally takes you to Soti Khola, where you can celebrate the successful completion of your Trek to Tsum Valley. Overnight stay in Soti Khola.

  • Max Altitude:1350m
  • Time:7-8 Hours
  • Accommodation:3 Star Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

On the final day of the trek, you will take a scenic drive back to Kathmandu. As you leave the serene countryside behind, once again you will get to enjoy the mesmerizing views of the hills and terraced fields. The journey provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on the remarkable experiences you've had during the Trek to Tsum Valley.

Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can either rest and relax or take a stroll through the bustling streets of the city for some last-minute shopping or exploration. In the evening, you can celebrate a successful adventure with a farewell dinner. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Meals:Breakfast

One of our representatives will drop you off at the airport for your departure. Bid farewell to the vibrant city of Kathmandu. 

Himalayan Recreation offers custom itineraries and rates for each trip to suit your preferences and time constraints. Whether you have a limited amount of time or specific routes in mind, our staff is available to create a personalized itinerary just for you. 

Route Map

Tsum Valley Trek - 16 Days map

Cost Details

Cost Includes
  • All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers
  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • 3 standard meals a day during the trek
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.
  • Kathmandu-Sotikhola by Jeep and Sotikhola to Kathmandu by Local bus
  • Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government licensed, English speaking trekking guide during the Tsum Valley trip.
  • Porter services (1 porter = 2 trekkers)
  • All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.
  • Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Required Manaslu Permit fee and TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
  • First aid medicine kit
  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show in a fine restaurant on second last day.
  • Government taxes & office service charge
Cost Excludes
  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary
  • Personal Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Personal trekking equipment or expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks and beverages.
  • Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.

Dates & Prices

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Starts:Monday Jun 24, 2024
Ends:Tuesday Jul 09, 2024
Price US$1099
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Starts:Wednesday Jun 26, 2024
Ends:Thursday Jul 11, 2024
Price US$1099
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Starts:Friday Jun 28, 2024
Ends:Saturday Jul 13, 2024
Price US$1099
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Starts:Sunday Jun 30, 2024
Ends:Monday Jul 15, 2024
Price US$1099
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You can plan a private trip if the set departure dates listed above don't work for your Holiday. We provide year round private Tour at the same price that may be customized to meet your schedule and interests.

Know Before You Go

Packing list and essentials for the trek

Here we have prepared a list of all the necessary trekking gear for the trip. Most of the equipment can be purchased easily in Kathmandu. You can either buy or rent the equipment and gear. 

  • Clothing -Baselayer -Insulation layer -Third layer 
  • General Trekking gear -Trekking trousers & shirts -Trekking shorts -Waterproof shell jacket & trousers -Underwear 
  • Headwear -Hat -Beanie -Neck gaiter 
  • Handwear & Footwear -Inner Gloves -Outer insulated gloves -Hiking boots -Trekking shoes/sandals -Hiking socks -Warm thermal socks -Gaiters 
  • Bag & backpackers -Duffel bag -Backpack -Day back -Raincover -Drybag 
  • Sleeping gear -Sleeping bag -Liner -Earplugs 
  • Poles & Headgear -Trekking poles -Sunglasses -Headlight 
  • Important accessories -Water bottle/Hydration bladder -Towel -Pee funnel -Lock -Waterproof bag 
  • Extra accessories -Camera -Portable charger -Books -Cards -Passport, Money 
  • Medications & Toiletries: Water Purification Tablet, Isotonic Powder, Diamox, Common Medications, First Aid Kit, Sunscreen, Baby Wipes, Toiletries, Plasters, Oximeter, Hand Sanitizer

Transportations during the trek to Manaslu Tsum Valley

The journey requires you to travel in a vehicle for the beginning and ending parts of the trip. During the trek to Tsum Valley, you will be provided with reliable and comfortable transportation arranged by Himalayan Recreation. 

You have the option to go by public vehicle or choose a private ride to Soti Khola from Kathmandu. Our well-maintained vehicles will ensure a smooth journey from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, the starting point of the trek, and vice versa.

The best time to trek the Tsum Valley

There are generally two best times to complete any trekking journey in Nepal. Spring, from March to May and autumn, from September to November, are considered the best times to embark on the trek to Tsum Valley. However, every month and season has pros and cons for trekking, which are explained in the below paragraphs. 

March to May (Spring)
In the spring, the trail is filled with blooming rhododendron forests, and the weather is pleasant with clear skies. The temperatures during the day are moderate, ranging from 15°C to 20°C, while the nights can be chilly, dropping to around 5°C. 

You can get spectacular sights of the mountains in spring, which is one of the reasons why most trekkers prefer to trek during this time. Being that said, keep in mind that, as one of the peak trekking seasons, the trails can be a little busy during this time. 

June to August (Monsoon)
The monsoon season, which lasts from June to August, is not recommended for trekking. As the trail can be muddy, slippery, and prone to landslides because of the rainfall, trekking during this time involves certain risks and uncertainty. 

Most of all, you would not be able to witness the magical sight of the mountains because of the fog and rain during the monsoon. Thus, it is not suggested to complete the trek in the monsoon.  

September to November (Autumn)
In the autumn, the skies are clear and the temperatures are temperate, making it another popular time for trekking in Nepal. The days are usually warm, ranging from 15°C to 22°C, while the nights can be cooler, dropping to around 5°C. 

The autumn season also offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, which are usually visible against the clear blue sky. The trail is a lot less packed in autumn compared to spring, which is another reason why this is one of the best times to complete the trek to Manaslu Tsum Valley

December to February (Winter)
The winter season, which lasts from December to February, is another time of the year that you might want to avoid for the trek to Tsum Valley. The weather can be very cold and snowy, making it challenging for trekking. 

Especially, the route map can be hard to navigate because of the excess snow. However, the winter season can offer a unique and beautiful experience for those who are prepared for the harsh conditions. If you take all the required precautions with the necessary gear, the trek is doable in the winter as well. 

Accommodation during the trek to Manaslu Tsum Valley

Accommodation during the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is basic and comfortable in the teahouses or lodges that are located along the trail. The teahouses are simple yet comfortable and provide basic facilities such as a bed, blanket, pillow, and shared bathroom. The rooms are usually twin-sharing. 

The teahouses are mostly operated by local families, which further offers you an opportunity to experience the local culture and lifestyle. The teahouses have a common dining area where you can enjoy the meals and socialize with other trekkers. 

On the beginning days of the trek, you can get a private room with some upgraded facilities as well, but as you head to a higher altitude, the facilities and service are limited as it is a remote region. 

There are some villages along the trail where even electricity is scarce. Thus, getting a hot shower and charging electronic devices might not be possible. It is recommended that you carry an extra battery and power bank. 

You should also carry a sleeping bag for extreme weather conditions. Overall, the accommodation during the trek is comfortable and basic, which allows you to enjoy the trek more authentically. 

Food Choices During the Trek to Tsum Valley

The food on the Tsum Valley trek is typically Nepali and Tibetan cuisine, with a few Western dishes available at some teahouses. All the teahouses offer simple and healthy meals that will keep you filled along the trail. 

The food is freshly prepared and usually includes rice, dal (lentil soup), vegetables, and meat (chicken or yak) for lunch and dinner. Some teahouses might offer Western dishes like pizza, pasta, sandwiches, etc. 

Breakfastusually includes porridge, eggs, bread, and tea or coffee. Both vegetarian and vegan options are also available on the trek. You can have other extra dishes like momo, which are dumplings filled with vegetables, or noodle soup, and traditional Tibetan bread with curry. 

It is recommended that you carry your snacks, which can make the entire trek more convenient for you. Overall, the teahouses on the Tsum Valley journey provide basic but comfortable accommodations and delicious food. 

Drinking water facilities during the trek to Tsum Valley

Tap water is easily available all along the trail on the Manaslu trail. However, as tap water is not safe to consume directly, we suggest you go with other methods. 

If you do not want to impact the environment negatively, then the best options are using purifying tablets or carrying a filter water bottle to filter the tap water and other resources of water you get along the trail. 

Travel insurance for the trek to Manaslu Tsum Valley

Travel Insurance is one of the crucial elements when embarking on any trip in the Himalayas. As the trek to Manaslu Tsum Valley is challenging and includes the risks of high altitude, potential altitude sickness, and other unexpected possibilities, having travel insurance is important and compulsory for the trek. 

During the booking process, all the trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate, which should cover all medical and emergency repatriation. The policy should further cover helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes. 

Tipping culture during the treks in Nepal

Tipping during trekking in Nepal is a very common practice. Guides, porters, and other service providers are usually tipped by the trekkers for the service they provide. 

To show gratitude and thankfulness, trekkers tip guides, porters, and other service providers, where the amount of the tip is determined by the trekkers themselves. It is not mandatory to tip, but it is considered best to show gratitude for the service and support provided throughout the journey. 

Guiding you to the restricted Manaslu Tsum Valley

Throughout the trek, you will be accompanied by our experienced and knowledgeable guides. The guides will lead you through the designated 16 days Tsum Valley trek itinerary

Our carefully planned route map will take you deep into the picturesque villages of Soti Khola, Machha Khola, Jagat, Lokpa, Chumling, Chhokangparo, Nile, Mu Gompa, and more, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural and cultural wonders of the region. 

As you trace your steps under the guidance of our expert guides, you will be able to get insights into the culture, traditions, and several other factors of the region. If you face any kind of problem during the trip, you should freely consult your guide, as they are there to provide you with the best trip possible. 

Also, hiring a porter is highly recommended for a more convenient trekking experience. The standard weight limit is around 20 to 25 kg per porter

Permits required to complete the Trek to Tsum Valley

To complete the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek, you must obtain several permits, which are explained below:

Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit:
This is a special permit you need to have to enter the restricted area of the Tsum Valley. The permit costs USD 70 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person for each additional day beyond the initial seven days. 

  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): This is a permit you need to have to enter the Manaslu Conservation Area. The cost of the permit is USD 30 per person. 
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): You also need to have the ACAP permit as the trail covers its area. It costs USD 30 per person. 

Alternatives for the trek to Manaslu Tsum Valley

For those seeking alternative options to experience the beauty of the Tsum Valley in 2024/2025, Himalayan Recreation offers customized routes tailored to your preferences. 

For trekkers seeking a more challenging adventure, the Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you around the majestic Mount Manaslu, offering breathtaking mountain panoramas and diverse landscapes. Another option is the Manaslu Base Camp Trek, which takes you deeper into the Himalayas to witness Manaslu up close. 

For cultural immersion, you can go on the Manaslu Homestay Trek, which provides an authentic experience. Additionally, the Ganesh Himal Trek offers a quieter and less-trodden path, showcasing the beauty of the Ganesh Himal and its charming villages. 

Furthermore, we offer personalized, customized trips. Let us know your preferences, and we'll create a customized trek that aligns with your interests and schedule.

Useful information and tips for the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking

  • Choose the right time for the trek, which is either spring or autumn. 
  • Pack proper trekking gear, including sturdy footwear, warm clothing, and a good-quality sleeping bag.
  • Walk at your own pace and follow the planned itinerary, which includes acclimatization days.
  • Stay hydrated through the journey and drink only purified or boiled water during the trek.
  • Respect local customs and traditions, and ask for permission before taking photographs of people.
  • Minimize environmental impact by disposing of waste properly and avoiding single-use plastics.
  • Carry enough cash, as there are limited ATMs along the trekking route.
  • Stay updated on weather forecasts and trail conditions before starting each day's trek.
  • Keep checking your body condition; do not ignore any signs of the body, even if they are minor, and make sure to follow the tips of your guide. 
  • Do not expect reliable mobile networks or internet connectivity. Purchase a local SIM card in Kathmandu before starting the trek if you want to have occasional communication. 
  • Do not forget to carry a portable power bank to keep your electronic devices charged.
  • Train yourself physically before the trek to strengthen your stamina and walking pace.

Last-minute Trip Bookings with Himalayan Recreation

It is best to book your treks in the restricted region in advance for an easy and hassle-free process. However, if you cannot book in advance for any reason, we, Himalayan Recreation offer last-minute booking as well. 

In the case of a last-minute booking, you must provide us with the 100% trip payment 24 hours before the trek departs. Also, keep in mind that for last-minute bookings, there might be certain circumstances out of our control. 

Practice responsible travel with Himalayan Recreation in the Tsum Valley trek

At Himalayan Recreation, we prioritize responsible travel during the Tsum Valley trek. Our commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation pushes us to minimize negative impacts throughout the journey. 

We further encourage you to follow Leave No Trace principles, respecting nature and local communities. We also encourage you to take part in responsible travel by trekking with us. You can take part in sustainable tourism by leaving no trace on the environment, purchasing souvenirs from locals to help uplift their income, and respecting the local cultures. 

Together, we aim to preserve the beauty of the Tsum Valley and leave a positive impact on the region, encouraging a deeper connection with nature and locals. Join us in practicing responsible travel as we embark on a remarkable and sustainable adventure in 2024/2025. 

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